Government for the Public Good

Government for the Public Good

The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action

The market is often not the solution to our problems. Markets have often been the problem. Max Rashbrooke makes the convincing case for models of government that work better, as well as those to be more wary of. Greater democracy can bring with it greater equality - but, Rashbrooke warns, democracy itself is imperilled by our current levels of inequality. Fast paced, globally informed and wittily written.
– Professor Danny Dorling, Oxford University

This book provides a wide range of excellent evidence-based arguments that help counter the oft-dominant small-government ideology of our times. Its defence of democracy, government and voter competence is a story that needs to be told more.
– Laura O'Connell Rapira, Director of ActionStation

In a time of global political ferment, established ideas are coming under renewed scrutiny. Chief among them is one of the dominant notions of our era: that we should entrust markets with many of the tasks previously carried out by government.

In this wide-ranging book, Max Rashbrooke goes beyond anecdote and partisanship, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our collective lives. What he unearths is startling: it challenges established thinking on the effectiveness of market-based reforms and charts a new form of ‘deep’ democracy for the twenty-first century.

Refreshing and far-sighted, this stimulating book offers New Zealanders a new way of thinking about government and how it can navigate the turbulent world ahead.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Sep 2018
Pages: 352
RRP: $49.99
ISBN: 9781988545080
DOI: 10.7810/9781988545080


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'Max Rashbrooke - Government for the Public Good', interviewed by Kim Hill, RNZ, 22 September 2018.

'Tax report highlights NZ's inequality issues', Max Rashbrooke, RNZ, 21 September 2018.

'The surprising evidence about how well government works', The Nation, NewsHub, 15 September 2018.

Click through to listen to Max Rashbrooke speaking to the Fabian Society